When Kevin Pearce was 18 years old and set to be a top contender in the Olympics for snowboarding, he suffered an unfortunate traumatic brain injury (TBI) while practicing in Park City, Utah. He was air-lifted out of Utah to a hospital in Colorado where he underwent 3 months of intensive treatment. Kevin can no longer snowboard but he has become a speaker and advocate for others faced with traumatic brain injury-- he also explains that there is still little known about TBI recovery.
The difference between one head injury to another can be great; therefore, brain injury recovery is not the same from one patient to another, especially when it is the second or third concussion and treatment needs to be tailored for each individual brain. Doctors are still uncertain about just how much "better" someone can get after a period of "cognitive rest" and often times can't make predictions about recovery and how certain treatments will lead to specific outcomes.
Traumatic Brain Injury Support
Neurofeedback is an important addition to a recovery regimen for traumatic brain injury. It is brain training and allows the brain to re-regulate and re-wire itself around the damage. Often times, patients with TBI will have added anxiety, insomnia, dizziness from their concussion, as well as, obsessive thinking, impaired impulse control, memory, and other difficulties. Neurofeedback allows the brain to see what it is doing on a moment-to-moment basis and to make a different choice to optimize it's functioning--so gently the brain can heal it's self by being able to take in new information. With TBI, this will allow someone the opportunity to come back to the present and make new choices--rather than the brain, and specifically the amygdala, to make choices for the person that are automatic and based on the stress response.
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The Danger of Brain Injuries in Extreme Sports
Traumatic brain injury is common with extreme sports like snowboarding, skateboarding and really any sport in the X-Games. Many competitors have had multiple head injuries that range from mild to severe. According to the CDC, even mild head injuries and concussions can cause problems such as dizziness, difficulties functioning at work, memory issues, and trouble with vision. At Neurofeedback Training Co., we see plenty of clients that come in with symptoms of mild to severe head injuries from falls, accidents, being hit by an object, etc. Lately, there has been a large wave of children to young adults who are getting concussed or have head injuries from sports-related incidents--from football, to snowboarding and other high impact activities.
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Of course, safety and helmet awareness are of utmost importance, but injury can still happen. Luckily, we have seen people get better by using the NeurOptimal neurofeedback system, especially if they engage in brain training shortly after the accident. Clients have reported feeling less dizzy, able to get back to work/school faster, greater ability to engage in more activity, and overall feelings of being more balanced, less anxious and "more like themselves."
Watch video: A brain injury is like a fingerprint, says Kevin Pearce no two are alike.
Suffering from a concussion or Brain Injury? Schedule a neurofeedback NYC session!
Certified Neurofeedback Trainer and Coach Heather sees clients during weekdays. For anyone with a concussion or head injury who would like to support their TBI recovery, contact Heather here for a free consultation to learn more on how to get started.
If not in New York, we also have offices in Los Angeles/Pasadena, Neurofeedback Denver and Boulder where you can schedule a session. View all our locations here. Another convenient and effective way of neurofeedback training is to rent an advanced neurofeedback system. The neurofeedback home equipment provides the same training as in-office sessions.